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Charles W. Fletcher, Army brigadier general

Charles W. Fletcher, 92, an Army brigadier general who was a veteran of three wars, died Jan. 2 at the Fairfax, a military retirement community in Fort Belvoir.

He had Parkinson’s disease, said a son, Charles Fletcher Jr.

Gen. Fletcher, a Fort Belvoir resident, was a veteran of three wars and served 30 years in the Army. During World War II, he received two Silver Stars for valor in the Battle of the Bulge. He was among the first U.S. military advisers in Vietnam and served in Germany during the Korean War.

Later in his Army career, Gen. Fletcher taught strategic studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and was crucial in the development of the college’s Strategic Studies Institute. His final active-duty assignment was at the Pentagon.

After retiring from the military in 1971, Gen. Fletcher became an executive director of what is now the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. The committee is an independent federal agency that helps provide employment opportunities to people who are blind or have other severe disabilities. He retired from that position in 1988.

Charles William Fletcher was a Minneapolis native and a 1941 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1963.

His memberships included the West Point alumni association and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Annandale. He lived in Annandale until 2009.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Johnnie Dillard Fletcher of Fort Belvoir; six children, retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles W. Fletcher Jr. of Fairfax Station, retired Army Brig. Gen. James Fletcher of Las Cruces, N.M., Suzanne Gauthier of Potomac Falls, Margaret Wilson and Anne Fletcher, both of Richmond, and Mary Donohue of Winter Springs, Fla.; a brother; and 14 grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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